CDC toolkit addresses challenges of large-scale disasters, pandemics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently produced a toolkit to address the challenges that public health and emergency response officials face in mitigating large-scale disasters. Read More »

CDC awards grants to limit infections in healthcare settings

The Centers for Disease Control recently awarded $10 million from its Prevention Epicenter grant program to support the research of five academic medical centers developing and testing new approaches to limit infections in healthcare settings. Read More »

NIH awards grant for influenza identification process

Biotechnology company InDevR has been awarded a $3 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health over the next three years to study an influenza identification process known as FluChip technology. Read More »

Progress being made in fight against communicable disease, report says

Research from the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver Read More »

TB retreatment regimen has poor long-term outcomes, study says

According to a recent study, the standard retreatment regimen for tuberculosis has low response rates to treatment and has poor long-term outcomes in particular patient subgroups. Read More »

Haitian cholera estimates grossly underestimated

The latest estimates by United States researchers predict that the original expectations of 400,000 people contracting cholera in Haiti may be a gross underestimate and that close to twice as many may be affected. Read More »

Artesunate found to be more effective at treating serious malaria cases

The antimalarial drug artesunate, which is derived from herbs used in Chinese medicine, has recently been proven more effective at preventing death in serious cases of malaria than the drug quinine. Read More »

Oral cholera vaccines prevent up to 60 percent of new cases

In the first two years after vaccination, oral vaccines have been proven to prevent up to 60 percent of new cholera cases, a new review has revealed. Read More »

Egypt announces new avian influenza case

The Ministry of Health of Egypt recently announced a new confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A, also known as H5N1. Read More »

Hepatitis B vaccinations triple in English and Welsh prisons

The use of the hepatitis B vaccine in English and Welsh prisons has increased three times over the past six years, significantly lowering infections, according to a series of findings by the Health Protection Agency. Read More »

Independent review of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched

Former American Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt and former President of Botswana Festus Mogae will lead an independent and thorough review of the financial safeguards of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Read More »

As many as 200 infants exposed to TB in Australian hospital

The Liverpool Hospital in the southwest of Sydney, Australia, is screening the families of nearly 200 babies for tuberculosis after a staff member was diagnosed with the disease. Read More »

Anacor enters agreement to develop malaria treatment

Anacor Pharmaceuticals announced on March 17 that it will enter into an agreement with Medicines for Malaria Venture to develop the company Read More »

Department of Health and Human Services receives 386 2009 H1N1 injury claims

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the receipt of 386 injury claims related to the 2009 pandemic H1N1 vaccine and other related pandemic countermeasures. Read More »

TB rates in 18 European nations eight times higher than normal

A report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and Europe Read More »

Norovirus vaccine shows promise in mice

An experimental vaccine to fight the human norovirus, which causes close to 90 percent of highly contagious nonbacterial illnesses that lead to vomiting and diarrhea, has been found to provoke a strong immune response in mice. Read More »

New research may create better TB vaccine

Research into the isolation of a protein secreted by the tuberculosis bacteria may lead to the development of new methods for diagnosis and treatment for TB. Read More »

Canadian scientists announce inexpensive malaria treatment

Canadian scientists have developed an inexpensive malaria treatment with the potential to help the millions who suffer from the global infection. Read More »

Health officials fear measles outbreak in Minnesota

Health officials in Minnesota believe that an outbreak of measles may occur in the state after six cases have been reported this year. Read More »

Medicago recieves DARPA support for rapid vaccine creation

Medicago USA Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of vaccines through proprietary technologies and virus-like-particles, has received a second milestone payment of $3.8 million from the U.S. Department of Defense. Read More »